Art Nouveau Palace Hotel Prague Review
We had long planned a night at one of the 5-star hotels in Prague city centre to celebrate a recent landmark birthday. Our wish list included somewhere within walking distance of many Prague sights, and somewhere pretty special where we could chill out in luxury. The Art Nouveau Palace Hotel Prague fitted the bill – and it wasn’t the only one.
This left a great many Prague hotels to choose from, and what swung it for us was the Art Nouveau aspect. We were already planning to dine at the nearby Municipal House Restaurant, one of the crowning glories of Art Nouveau Prague. So an Art Nouveau birthday it was to be.
The Hotel was quiet – you know that when the staff know your name as you walk through the door – as lockdown restrictions were about to be announced.
Art Nouveau Palace Hotel Prague – What You Need To Know
It’s a 5-star hotel right in the centre of Prague
If you’re a lover of Prague Art Nouveau, there are many interior decorations from this period
The present building was completed in 1909 in Viennese Art Nouveau style, and the Hotel has remained open since, except for its restoration between 1986 and 1989
It’s in Prague New Town, very close to Wenceslas Square and the shopping street Na Přikope
The Hotel is easy to reach by public transport, just 5 minutes’ walk from Můstek (green line A, yellow line B) and Muzeum (red line C) Metro stations
Prague trams are also incredibly easy to use, and the Hotel is around 100 metres from the Jindřišská stop, where the 3, 5, 6. 9, 14 and 24 services all call
Old Town Square – 5-7 minute walk
Charles Bridge – 10-12 minute walk
Prague Castle – 20 minutes by Metro then tram 22
The Art Nouveau Palace Hotel is on the corner of Jindřišská and Panska in the heart of Prague New Town. It’s a three-minute walk from the main hub of Wenceslas Square (Vaclávské náměstí), and five minutes on foot from Praha hlavni nádraži – Prague central railway station.
Several lesser-known Prague attractions are within a couple of minutes’ walk of the Hotel. King Henry’s Tower (Jindřišská věz) is one of the best towers in Prague to visit for views over the city, and they have four windows – one in each corner – which you can look out of.
Around the corner on Jeruzalemská, the Jerusalem Synagogue (also called the Jubilee Synagogue) is one of the wonders of Jewish Prague. It’s more recent than the synagogues of the main Prague Jewish Quarter, Josefov, and colourful and dazzling inside and out.
The Mucha Museum, devoted to the work of Art Nouveau Prague luminary Alfons Mucha, is right across the street from the Hotel.
We had booked an Executive Room with an extra bed, and were delighted to be offered an upgrade to a Junior Suite on arrival. It was magnificent. Our Little Fellow was extremely happy with his king size bed and own room, while we were equally pleased with ours. The beds were very wonderfully comfortable, and the desk area an ideal workspace.
It so happened that we took a Skype call from relatives in Australia who wanted to wish me a happy birthday. We took the laptop around the rooms to show them where we were staying, and there were audible gasps aplenty from down in New South Wales. They were most impressed with the Carrara marble bathroom which was stunning.
The service at the Art Nouveau Palace Hotel was as you’d expect from a 5-star Prague hotel – nothing short of impeccable. We didn’t need to call on them much, but they were first class in all their dealings with us, including acting upon the news from our Little Fellow that a megalodon (a prehistoric mega-shark) was lurking in a river beneath the Hotel.
The Hotel is on one of our regular Prague tram routes, and we’ve often pondered dropping in for a coffee there. This was our chance, and Faye and I greatly enjoyed our coffees while the Little Chap loved his hot chocolate. We also cleared out the cake cabinet, which was most enjoyable. We’ll definitely call there again.
Breakfast is served in the lovely L’Epoque Restaurant on the first floor, lit by crystal chandeliers. Faye was very happy with her eggs cooked to order, while the Little Fellow and I had a fine feast from the Buffet.
We had a wonderful stay at the Art Nouveau Palace Hotel Prague. It was a hugely enjoyable experience for all of us, and somewhere we’d return to for another special occasion – hopefully very soon.